With Sunday’s lost to the Florida Marlins, Cubs reached a season low 20 games under .500. Sometimes statistics can be misleading but this year for the Cubs, numbers explain why the Cubs have the second worst record in the majors. All parts of the Cubs team, pitching, defense and offense, are to blame for the struggles.
Pitching– The Cubs got off to a rough start with their starting rotation with the injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. With many fill-in starters the Cubs have the second fewest innings pitched by their starting rotation. The whole pitching staff’s ERA is 4.69 which ranks 2nd worst in the Major leagues and the worst in the National League. Perhaps a reason for such a high ERA is the walks. The Cubs lead baseball with 369 walks issued. That is 40 more walks than the second worst team in that category. And the add to embarrassment, opponents hit .270 againist Cubs pitching which also is a league worse for the Cubs.
Defense– The Cubs have 82 errors which leads the Major leagues. But errors don’t tell the whole story. The Cubs have a lot of mental errors on the field which don’t always show up in the box score. Missed cut-off men, over throws, and take bad angles on fly balls. The Cubs defense in no way helps the horrible pitching staff.
Offense– The Cubs are 3rd in the NL with a .261 batting average. However, the Cubs have drawn the fewest amount of walks in the league. They are in the middle of the pack of the NL in runs and home-runs. However, the Cubs have struggled with runners in scoring position, especially with 2outs.
Even though numbers don’t always tell the story, they definitely tell the story for the Cubs this year.
It won’t get easier for the Cubs as the play the best team in baseball the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.
-All stats acquired for MLB.com